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Germany vs Greece

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Germany vs Greece
Municipal Stadium, Gdansk.

England and Italy must have been watching this match with just a little concern; one of them will be meeting Germany, and they’re looking hard to beat.

Germany started the game fast and furious, as the flag was raised twice for offside in the first four minutes; the second one a disallowed goal.

With twenty-five minutes played, Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be watching a fitness video, where the new exercise was to get up out of your seat and sit back down; just a good job she wasn’t wearing a leotard.

The World United Through Football Germany 1 – Greece 0
In the 39th minute, Angela Merkel did the weightlifter; with two fists clenched around an imaginary bar she thrust the weight high into the air, to coincide with captain Philipp Lahm’s swerving shot into the top corner.

The Greeks may have voted to effectively stay in the Euro currency but it could be harder to stay in the Euro tournament.

To only have a one goal advantage after all the first-half attacking pressure didn’t seem like a good return on investment for the Germans

Half-time: Germany 1 – Greece 0

The World United Through Football Germany 1 – Greece 1
Germany paid the price for not improving on their lead in the first-half as Greece equalised ten minutes into the second; Georgios Samaras sliding in on Dimitris Salpingidis’ low cross before Manuel Neuer could grapple the ball out of the mud.

The World United Through Football Germany 2 – Greece 1
minutes later, Sami Khedira made it advantage Germany with a cracking strike.

The World United Through Football Germany 3 – Greece 1 (68 mins)
When Miroslav Klose jumps above the defence and connects his head with the ball, there’s usually only one place it’s going; into the back of the net.

Greece would need an Olympian effort to get these two quick goals back in the twenty remaining minutes.

The World United Through Football Germany 4 – Greece 1 (74 mins)
The Greek comeback had no chance of succeeding once Marco Reus smashed Germany’s fourth goal in off the crossbar.

The World United Through Football Germany 4 – Greece 2 (89 mins)
Greece were awarded a consolation prize when Dimitris Salpingidis stepped up to the spot to send Manuel Neuer the wrong way.

On that display, Germany are going to take some stopping.

Final Score: Germany 4 – Greece 2

Teams

Travel to Germany
1-Manuel Neuer; 5-Mats Hummels, 14-Holger Badstuber, 16-Philipp Lahm, 20-Jerome Boateng; 6-Sami Khedira, 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 9-Andre Schürrle, 21-Marco Reus, 8-Mesut Özil; 11-Miroslav Klose.

Travel to Greece
13-Michail Sifakis; 3-Giorgios Tzavellas, 5-Kyriakos Papadopoulos, 15-Vasilis Torosidis, 19-Sokratis Papastathopoulos; 2-Giannis Maniatis, 6-Grigoris Makos, 7-Georgios Samaras, 18-Sotiris Ninis, 21-Kostas Katsouranis; 14-Dimitris Salpingidis.

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June 22, 2012 - Posted by | Euro 2012, Germany, Greece, Match Reports | , , , ,

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